Following on from where we left off with Project Utah, I had the chance to talk to Director Devin Graham, who is greatly invested in the development and production of the series. He has even funded a large part of the production himself, showing an incredible amount of commitment not often seen amongst others. This is what he had to tell us about his personal investment in the project.
“I’m working on 2 live action Halo videos for my YouTube channel, I flew in 9 Halo costume makers from around the US for the project, with a weapons specialist who makes Halo gun replicas, so everything looked straight out of the videogame. The first video is a "Halo First Person Shooter" video. It will bevery similar to Freddiew's FPS he did on Call of Duty, which is his most watched video, over 24 million hits. The difference with mine is first off, it's all with Halo characters from multilayer, with all Halo guns. Also you will hear the people playing/commentary as if they are playing on XBox Live. The 2nd video is a Halo music video featuring YouTuber Lindsey Stirling. We have done a couple video game music videos together”.
For those of you who don’t know Lindsey Stirling is another famous YouTube personality who is incredibly well versed in playing the Violin and dancing, who has performed alongside Devin in what is, in my opinion some of the greatest Video Game Related content yet to be produced on YouTube. She has performed both a Skyrim music video and Zelda Medley video both of which, I’m certain you will enjoy.
“The concept for this Halo music video is Lindsey, the violin player, and another Piano player are playing in the forest, with 4 green Spartan characters protecting them. As the song progresses a battle takes place between blue/red vs green Spartans. We have all the weapons from the entire Halo series that we filmed with. So far though, with all the video game focused youtube videos I have done, they have all gotten 10 million hits, or close to that. They have been great for the video games involved. The last one I released last month, "Assassin's Creed Meets Parkour in Real Life", got 9 million in the first 3 weeks, where Ubisoft contacted me, and actually hired me to do another one because it did so much for them as far as a marketing tool."
With the first bit of content, supposedly going live this Tuesday, it should be a massive hit and draw in fans and viewers from all walks of life, be it gamer or supporter. But one thing is for certain. When Lindsey and Devin join forces it rocks the screen and with both their amazing abilities combined with the props and costumes from the 405th Infantry Division. When this lands it's going to land hard. Just like a Spartan should.
Next time we will be bringing you some shots from on location of the recording in action including shots of the Spartans in action! So keep your eyes locked on XBLG for more exclusive content on Project Utah as and when it happens!!